BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 27, 2022

MAN JAILED FOR SHAKING INFANT

An infant remains hospitalized in an undetermined condition after a Cogan Station man allegedly shook the 5-month old which caused traumatic brain injury.  According to North Central Pa dot com, police say on April 30th,  31 year old Owen W. Moore was in the care of the baby and a 3 year old at a home in Gregg Township, when he called 911 to report the baby was unresponsive.  First responders attempted resuscitation and then transported the infant to Evangelical, but she was then transferred to Geisinger, where pediatricians determined she suffered from physical trauma and fractures on her foot and leg, which are consistent with abuse.  Moore has been charged with felony aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children, and went to the Union County Jail this week in lieu of 25 thousand dollars monetary bail.

LITTLE LEAGUE REACHES OUT TO EXTENDED FAMILY IN TEXAS

The people of Little League International made an effort this week to comfort its extended baseball community in Uvalde, Texas, who’s loss of 19 elementary school children in a school shooting included several little league players.  According to the Sun Gazette, Little league officials connected Texas families with counseling and assistance for children experiencing trauma using resources through  a licensed psychologist from Georgia on the board of Little League International.  Lycoming County Commissioner Scott Metzger alsp told the paper that he spoke with the president of Little League in Uvalde, Jesus Suarez, Jr.,  to express sympathy and support for the families there.  The Chairman of Little League International’s Board of directors is from Texas.

NOMINATION FOR JERSEY SHORE TEACHER

A ninth grade English teacher at Jersey Shore Area School District has been nominated for Pennsylvania Teacher of the year for 2023.  According to a press release, Mrs Brooke Menzen has taught for only ten years , but she is a caring, effective teacher and she says she is grateful for all the people who has supported her since she began teaching.  The Pennsylvania Teacher of the year is awarded in May of each year.  Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the year for 2022 is Elizabeth Raff, a teacher at Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County.

VETERAN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE SATURDAY

There will be plenty of Susquehanna Valley Memorial Day observances this weekend, including the annual Lycoming County Veteran’s Memorial Service at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  According to the Sun Gazette, the memorial at West 4th and Wahoo Drive will begins at 11am Saturday and features guest speaker retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston.  Earlier this week, a dedicated group of current and retired city volunteer firefighters adorned the 380 gravestones at the park with American flags.  There will be performances of patriotic music, taps and a rifle salute Saturday, along with the dedication of the New Gold Star Family Monument. 

JERSEY SHORE SCHOOL RESPONDS TO SOCIAL MEDIA GUN THREAT

A second incident involving a gun threat occurred at the Milton Area School District this week.  According to media outlets,  Wednesday reverse evacuation protocols were begun just before 1pm, after officials from the district got word of a social media post involving a gun was circulating among the students, and activities that were happening outside were brought indoors.  Milton Police conducted an investigation and say they interview the student responsible for the post.  On May 16th another student brought a handgun and ammunition to school which prompted an investigation by local police.  Superintendent Dr. Cathy Keegan says even though there is no threat at this time, a police presence will remain on all the district campuses.

MURDER SUSPECT’S TRIAL MOVED

Due to security concerns the man accused of murdering a man inside a Sunbury convenience store last week will have his preliminary hearing at the Northumberland county Court house instead of the District Judge’s Courtroom.  According to the Daily Item, Ajani Uhuru will face Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey June 7th, in Courtroom 1 at 1:30pm.  Uhuru was apprehended in the Philadelphia area earlier this week after he fled the scene of the murder. Uhuru’s father is also facing charges after he interferrred with the investigation by allegedly attempting to secure the vehicle that was used as a getaway car in the shooting.  Both men are in Northumberland County Jail.

LOCAL WEALTH MANAGER RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY

It’s the 13th  year that Barbara B. Hudock, CEO and Founding Partner of Hudock Capital Group has been named as one of the highest-ranked financial advisors in the country, following her being recognized on Forbe’s Top Ten Women Wealth Advisors in Pennsylvania list.  According to North Central PA dot com, Forbes rankings are developed by SHOOK Research and chosen based upon an in-person interview, industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced, and assets under management.  Hudock says their philosophy of strategic, philanthropic community support is a core value of the firm. 

POINT DRIVE IN CLOSING THIS SUMMER

If you purchased a season pass for the Point Drive in this year, you may be eligible for a partial refund because after 70 years, the theater is going to close at the end of July.  According to North Central PA dot com, the Point Drive in, which used to be called the Arrow drive in before 1957, will give refunds for family or couples passes purchased earlier this year. According to social media the theater will remain open on weekends through July with limited weekday hours due to circumstances beyond their control. 

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball Championships

Class A Benton 3                  St. John Neumann 0  — Benton wins the Championship
Today
Class AAA Hughesville and central Columbia today –  Bowman Field @4:30
Tomorrow
Class AA  Muncy and Williamsport – Bowman field @11am
Class AAAA Montoursville and Danville tomorrow at 2 PM at Bowman Field


PIAA Distirct 4 Varsity Softball Championships
Today
Class AA South Williamsport and Muncy the Elm Park @4:30
Class AAAA Jersey Shore and Shamokin – Elm Park @ 4:30
 
          Tues. May 31
Class AAA Central Columbia and Lewisburg – Elm Park @4:30
Class AAAA Cowanesque Valley and Montgomery – Elm Park @4:30


NBA
Warriors 120      Mavericks 110 Golden State wins the series 4-1
NBA Tonight
Miami is in Boston @8:30 on ESPN for the east finals Boston up 3-2


NHL

Hurricanes 3       Rangers 1 Carolina leads 3-2
Oilers 5               Flames 4 /OT   Edmonton wins the series 4-1 in the west
NHL Tonight
Blues and Avalanche are in Missouri at 8 PM on TNT Colorado leads 3-2


MLB

In their highest scoring day in 23 years, the Reds routed the Cubs 20 to 5
Yankees 7           Rays 2
Nationals 7         Rockies 3
Tigers 4               Guardians 3
Phillies 4             Braves 1
Brewers 4            Cardinals 3
Red Sox 16         White Sox 7

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 26, 2022

JAIL FOR COVID CARD COUNTERFEITER

A Union County woman could face up to 6 months in jail and five thousand dollars in fines for allegedly printing COVID-19 vaccination report cards.  According to the Sun Gazette, Amy B. Leister made an impression of the ID card and logo of the US Department of Health and Human Services around May 17th without authorization and was charged with making or possessing unauthorized ID cards.  According to court records, Leister said she would plead guilty to the charges.

THREE ESCAPE WOODWARD TOWNSHIP FIRE

A Woodward township family escaped serious injury after their home on McGill Hollow Road was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.  According to the Sun Gazette, a couple and their one year old child ran from the home after discovering the living room on fire after midnight.  Twelve volunteer fire companies responded to the two alarm blaze at the 17th century home, and struggled to have the water they needed since crossovers have been taken away by construction on Route 220.  The cause of the fire is as yet undetermined but fire officials said there was nothing about it that appeared suspicious. 

MORE FENTANYL IN PA THAN HEROIN NOW

In a special report from the Office of the Attorney General, fentanyl has surpassed heroin as Pennsylvania’s most dominant opioid drug.  In the report, Pennsylvania’s AG Josh Shapiro says that police seized more fentanyl last year than in the last four years combined.  Other statistics say that 15 Pennsylvanians die every day from overdoses.  Fentanyl is a completely synthetic drug that bears similarities to heroin, but is significantly more potent.  Cheap illegal manufacturing of the drug can cause a variance in potency ranging from . 2 milligrams to over 5 in one dose.  2 milligrams is potentially lethal to humans.

PA SENATE RACE HEADS FOR OFFICIAL RECOUNT

Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman announced that the race for the GOP nod in the US Senate between David McCormick and Mehmet Oz will officially be headed for a recount after the tally between the two candidates has shrunk to less than 1000 ballots and official counts trickle in from each of the counties in the Commonwealth.  According to state law, if the votes come within .5% of each other, an automatic recount is ordered. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, about 6,000 mail ballots had yet to be tallied only about 1,200 of those were from Republicans. Before the June 7th deadline, all elections officials across the state will run all ballots through different scanning machines than during the election to come up with an official tally.

ADAMS COUNTY MAN KILLED BY TREE IN JERSEY MILLS

A man from Abbotstown was killed by a large tree that fell on him while he was working on his Jersey Mills property either Monday or Tuesday of this week. According to the Sun Gazette, 66 year old Joseph Shoemaker was found by a friend who had arrived late Tuesday to stay with him on Old Post Office Road in McHenry Township, but hadn’t realized Shoemaker wasn’t in the cabin.  Police discovered Shoemaker had been working alone and was struck and trapped by a large tree he was cutting nearby.  The Lycoming County Deputy coroner Jerold Ross pronounced him dead Wednesday around 6:15 of blunt force trauma.

NEW BERLIN MAN WITH WARRANTS RESISTS ARREST

A man from New Berlin was arrested last month after he pushed a state trooper who was trying to arrest him for outstanding warrants.  According to North Central dot com, police say they responded to a call where 38 year old Ilya Mironenko allegedly created a disturbance at one Buffalo Township business and then was questioned by police later at a nearby produce auction.  When it was discovered that Mironenko had active warrants against him and police attempted to take him into custody, he resisted arrest.  He was charged with misdemeanors of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and has a preliminary hearing May 31st.

HIGH SPEED CHASE IN JACKSON TOWNSHIP

Two motorcyclists were arrested last Monday after they sparked a high speed chase with Selinsgrove State Troopers.  According to law enforcement reports, the names of the two riders have not been released, but they were taken into custody after they refused to pull over for police in Jackson Township in Snyder County.  The two were originally caught on radar on Route 204 and were apprehended after a brief pursuit by police.

NEW ASSISTANT SUPER IN JERSEY SHORE

The Jersey Shore School Board voted in favor of a new assistant superintendent of the School district on Monday.  According to the Sun Gazette, Dr. Laura Osenbach, a former teacher with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in education and a Doctorate from Immaculata University in educational leadership, will replace Dr. Ken Dady who resigned to relocate as superintendent of the Mifflinburg School District.    Osenbach is a Williamsport native and her contract with the district runs through June 30, 2026.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Class AAAA

Montoursville 5                    Lewisburg 4
Danville 3                     Midwest 2
Montoursville and Danville – Bowman Field Saturday @2pm
This Week Varsity Baseball
Today Class A Championship
Benton and St. John Neumann – Bowman Field @4:30pm
Class AAA Central Columbia and Hughesville – Bowman Field Friday @4:30
Muncy and South Williamsport – Bowman Field Saturday @11am


P I-AA District 4 Varsity Softball
Today
Class A Montgomery and Bucktail – Elm Park @3
North East Bradford and Cowanesque Valley – Elm park @5pm
Class AAA Loyalsock meets Lewisburg – Elm Park @3
Central Columbia and North Penn liberty – Elm Park @5

Tomorrow
Class AA South Williamsport and Muncy play – Elm Park @4:30
Class AAAA Championship Jersey Shore and Shamokin – Elm Park @4:30


NBA
Celtics 93            Heat 80 Boston leads the series 3-2
NBA Tonight
Mavericks and Warriors @9 PM on TNT in San Francisco.


NHL

Blues 5                Avalanche 4 Colorado leads the series 3-2
NHL Tonight
Rangers and Hurricanes play in Raleigh @seven on ESPN 2-2
Oilers and flames @9:30 on ESPN  Edmonton leads that series 3-1


MLB

Pirates 10            Rockies 5
Giants 9               Mets 3
Nationals 1         Dodgers 0
Reds 4                 Cubs 3
Yankees 2           Orioles 0
Braves 8              Phillies 4
White Sox 3       Red Sox 1
Astros 2              Guardians 1

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 25, 2022

NO ARREST IN WILLIAMSPORT SHOOTING

Williamsport Police have not yet made an arrest after a shooting on Elmira Street late Monday, killed one man and injured another across the street from where the crime took place. According to the Sun Gazette, police say 39 year old Malik Davis was fatally shot outside the home north of High Street, and that bullet ricocheted and went through a second floor window, injuring a resident there who was in the upper bedroom.  That man had only minor injuries and was not hospitalized.  Davis was pronounced dead at UPMC Williamsport just after midnight by the Lycoming County Coroner.  If you have info about the shooting, call Williamsport Police.

ROUTE 287 SHUTS DOWN FROM FATAL WRECK

A fatal accident shut down Route 287 in Mifflin Township last night just after 8pm.  According to the Sun Gazette, an eastbound water tank truck driver hit an embankment after failing to negotiate a curve near Dam Run Road, and Tiadaghton Valley Regional police were called in since it was first reported the wreck was in Cummings Township.  First responders pronounced the driver of the truck deceased at the scene.  Route 287 was shut down for several hours last night. 

CITY SAVED ON MEMORIAL POOL MAINTENANCE

The city of Williamsport has saved taxpayers about 20 thousand dollars by having their public works department make some of the upgrades to the Williamsport Memorial pool.  According to media outlets the pool has had some repairs to fix cracks and leaks, and will now see upgraded electric and LED lighting.  According to Mayor Derek Slaughter, the goal is to have the pool open by this weekend.  You can get a pool pass for the season by calling the Williamsport Recreation Department at (570) 326-6399.

GEISINGER EXTENDS VISITING HOURS

Visitation has been expanded across the entire Geisinger health System.  According a press release, starting this week, visiting hours are now 9am to 8pm.  There is no time limit for visitations, but Geisinger says that they only want two visitors at a patient’s bedside at a time.  Geisinger continues to enforce a mask policy for patients and visitors at their facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

SUSPECT FROM CITY SHOOTING LAST APRIL IN CUSTODY

The man who sheltered Ajani Uhuru, the Sunbury convenience store shooter, before US Marshals apprehended him in Philadelphia Monday afternoon, was brought back to Lycoming County to face firearms charges of his own.  According to the Sun Gazette, Daimeer Abdul Clark was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred in an alley along West Fourth Street in Williamsport April 3rd in which a stray shot struck a bystander who was later treated for his minor injuries.  District Judge William Solomon denied bail for Clark yesterday who faces numerous firearms, assault, and reckless endangerment charges here, as well as firearms charges in Philadelphia.

ARSON CHARGES FOR SHAMOKIN MAN

A man from Shamokin is facing arson charges after he allegedly set two separate fires earlier this month.  According to WNEP, Shamokin police say Joseph Boscolovich, Jr is the person who started a fire that destroyed a vacant house on South 7th street in Shamokin on May 9th, and then allegedly he set fire to a former bar at the corner of North 5th and West Walnut streets on May 10th.  When questioned by police, Boscolovich admitted to setting the fires and said he was tired of the abandoned buildings in the city.  He faces charges including arson, burglary, and risking a catastrophe.

PA FLAGS AT HALF STAFF UNTIL MARCH 28

Governor Wolf has ordered all Commonwealth of Pennsylvania flags on commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff until sunset next Saturday.  In accordance with a presidential order, the governor made the immediate invitation for all Pennsylvanians yesterday out of respect for the families who are suffering from the tragic school shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

RIVERKEEPER CLASSES ON THE HIAWATHA

There will be a variety of floating classroom opportunities on the Hiawatha Paddleboat in Williamsport with tickets available for summer sessions starting June 28th.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will hold classes through September addressing subjects like, aquatic mammals, aquatic flooding, photography, fish anatomy and microplastics, bats, invasive species and more.  Sessions start at 10am and registration is open to the public while supplies last. Get details at middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball Playoffs
Class AA

Muncy 5                       Sayre 2
South Williamsport 3 Wyalusing 1
Muncie and South Williamsport advance to play at Bowman Field Saturday @11am
Class AAA
Central Columbia 9     Mount Carmel 1
Hughesville 7               Wellsboro 4
Hughesville and Central Columbia play Friday at Bowman Field @ 4:30 PM
D4 Playoff Baseball Games Today
Class AAAA – Montoursville plays Lewisburg at Central Columbia HS @6:30pm,
Danville and Midwest play @4pm at Central Columbia HS


PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball Playoffs

Class A
Cowanesque Valley 6 Canton 0
Montgomery 15                              Millville 0
Bucktail 4                              Sullivan County 0
Montgomery and Bucktail meet at Elm Park in Williamsport Thursday @3pm  
Class AA
South Williamsport 4           Northwest 0
Muncy 3                                 Wyalusing 0
South Williamsport plays Muncy @Elm Park in Williamsport Friday @4:30
Class AAA
North Penn Liberty 3            Bloomsburg 2
Liberty and Central Columbia meet at Elm Park Thursday @5pm
Loyalsock 6                           Montoursville 5
Class AAAA
Jersey Shore and Shamokin play @Elm Park in Williamsport Friday @4:30pm

NBA

Mavericks 119             Warriors 109 Golden State leads 3-1
NBA tonight
Celtics and Heat are in Miami at 8:30 PM on ESPN


NHL Stanley Cup playoffs
Rangers 4            Hurricanes 1  Series is tied up 2-2
Oilers 5               Flames 3 Edmonton leads 3-1
NHL tonight
Blues and Avalanche are in Denver @8 PM on TNT Colorado leads 3-1


MLB

Rockies 2            Pirates 1 in 10 innings
Yankees 7           Orioles 6
Dodgers 9           Nationals 4
Braves 6              Phillies 5
Red Sox 16         White Sox 3
Astro 7                Guardians 3
Giants 13            Mets 12

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 25, 2022

US MARSHALS APPREHEND SUNBURY SHOOTER

The man accused of shooting and killing a Sunbury man in the Penn Jersey Food Mart on Fourth St. was taken into custody by the US Marshals Office at a residence in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon.  According to the Daily Item, Deputy Marshalls in Philly learned that Ajani Uhuru was at the home of a man who was wanted for a firearms charge in Williamsport, 22 year old Daimeer Clark.  When police arrived at Clarks Germantown residence, he surrendered, but Uhuru barricaded himself in for an hour before the arrest.  Both Clark and Uhuru were transported back to Lycoming County. Uhuru is now being held in Northumberland County prison without bail on homicide charges. His preliminary hearing is May 31st.

MUNCY MAN THROWN IN FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Muncy man who was thrown from his motorcycle in Northumberland County passed away from his injuries Saturday night.  According to North Central PA dot com, 63 year old John Barlett missed a right hand curve on Mount Zion Road in West Chillisquaque Township and went off the road, striking a ditch just before 6:30pm.  Barlett was seriously injured in the accident and was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where officials say he died from his injuries.

PROBATION REVOKED FOR FORMER AG

The former Pennsylvania Attorney General who has been in the Montgomery County jail for violating her probation in a 2016 perjury and obstruction conviction, was ordered to an inpatient alcohol rehab facility yesterday by a Montgomery County District Court Judge.  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kathleen Kane’s probation was revoked for the 8 months of the 10-24 month sentence she was given, but she received credit for the two months of time she spend in a voluntary alcohol facility prior to the DUI accident in which she was involved in last March 12th.   Kane is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on Thursday in Scranton on that DUI charge, a misdemeanor, and a citation for careless driving.

PA HUNTING LICENSE PRESALES NEXT MONTH

Presales for the 2022-2023 Hunting licenses kick off June 13 which will be valid this July 1st through June 30th 2023. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, those who want one, can purchase a license at any License Issuing Agent (HuntFishPA Sales Outlets (arcgis.com) ) or online except for Antlerless Deer  and licenses for those hunters with disabilities who must apply in person at a County Treasurer’s office. There is a proposal to have digital licenses, but they are not yet available.  Go to huntfish.pa.gov for information about special licenses and permits.

SUNBURY SHOOTER’S FATHER ALSO JAILED

The man who police apprehended in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon for the Sunbury convenience store killing was incarcerated just hours after his father was arraigned for felony charges of hindering an investigation.  According to the Daily Item, last Friday 23 year old Ajani Uhuru allegedly shot and killed 30 year old Kareem Jakes of Sunbury and fled the scene in a blue BMW.  When police made a traffic stop of that vehicle near UPMC Sunbury, they say Uhuru’s father was driving it and said the younger man had given him directions on where to pick up the vehicle.  The father is now being held in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of 200 thousand dollars bail.

PARKING FOR FUNDRAISING DURING WORLD SERIES OVER

In the wake of entrance policy changes at Little League International this summer, Danville’s Ronald McDonald House fundraising partnership for parking in the Beiters lot on Route 15 is likely over. According to the Sun Gazette, new entrance and gate policies state that all guests must enter the park at Gate 3, which is down further on Champions Way, a 22 minute, 1.2 mile walk from the Beiter’s parking lot.  Montgomery Lions, who also park cars as a fundraiser in the open space next to Beiter’s during the World Series, is seeking another method for raising funds this year.  Most representatives from the non-profit groups admit that crossing Route 15 is a dangerous task.  Little League International will offer limited free parking at the South Williamsport Sports Complex.

PA A TOP PRODUCER OF DIRECT TO CONSUMER PRODUCE SALES

Pennsylvania has earned a prestigious top spot in the list of top states who do direct-to-consumer sales behind only California.  According to a press release from the PA Agriculture Secretary, Russell Redding, the USDA says over six thousand farms are reported to produce and sell food locally through direct marketing and sales, generating 600 million dollars of revenue for the Commonwealth in 2020.  Redding says direct to consumer sales fosters relationships between the farmers and the PA consumers who have become more intimately aware of where their food originates from. 

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball Playoffs
Class A      St John Neumann 9     Cowanesque Valley 6
That sets up St John Neumann to advance to play Benton 5/26 @Bowman Field in Williamsport at 4:30
Today Games
Class AA
Sayre and Muncy @4:30 @ Mansfield U
South Williamsport and Wyalusing @Canton HS @4:30
Class AAA Wellsboro and Hughesville @4pm at Central Columbia HS
Mount Carmel @ Central Columbia HS @6:30
Class AAAA games between Montoursville and Lewisburg and Danville and Midwest are tomorrow
PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball Playoffs
Today Games all @4:30
Class A Cowanesque Valley goes to Canton,
Millville is at Montgomery, and Sullivan County is at Bucktail
Class AA South Williamsport and Northwest play at Elm Park
Wyalusing and  Muncy are also at Elm Park
Class AAA Bloomsburg in Liberty, Montoursville comes to Loyalsock


NBA
Celtics 102          Heat 80  Series is tied up 2-2
NBA Tonight the Warriors and Mavericks meet in Dallas with Golden State leading 3-0 @9 PM on TNT.
NHL
Lightning 2         Panthers 0 Tampa Bay wins the series 4-0
Avalanche 6        Blues 3 Colorado leads 3-1

NHL Tonight
Hurricanes and Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York @7 on ESPN – Carolina 2-1
Flames and Oilers in Edmonton after that @9:30 – Edmonton 2-1

MLB
Pirates 2              Rockies 1
Cubs 7                 Reds 4
Orioles 6             Yankees 4
Dodgers 10         Nationals 1
Phillies 7             Braves 3
Guardians 6        Astros 1
Mets 13               Giants 3

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 23, 2022

SUNBURY SHOOTER STILL AT LARGE

Police are still looking for the man who shot and killed 30 year old Kareem Jakes at the Penn Jersey Food Mart in Sunbury.  According to the Daily Item, 23 year old Ajani Uhuru fled the scene in a blue BMW.  When police recovered that vehicle after the incident, Uhuru’s father was driving the car and told police his son had parked the car and gave him directions on where it was to pick it up.  Police have searched Uhuru’s home on Fairmount Avenue and said they recovered evidence   Uhuru is still considered armed and dangerous and now faces felony criminal homicide and voluntary manslaughter charges. Anyone with information should call 911.

TROUT RUN TRASH DISPUTE

One of two neighbors in Trout Run has a hearing with District Justice William Solomon after an argument over trash turned potentially violent. 62 year old William Michael Starr of Trout Run allegedly threw garbage onto his neighbor’s yard May 3rd. Starr supposedly pulled a weapon and threatened the other neighbor when they threw the trash back. According to NorthCentralPA dot com, Starr is charged with first degree misdemeanor terroristic threats and two second degree misdemeanors for simple assault and reckless endangerment to another person.

FETTERMAN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

Lt Governor and Democratic nominee for US Senate, John Fetterman left the hospital Sunday after being treated for a stroke that kept him from celebrating his primary victory last Tuesday.  According to WGAL, Fetterman, accompanied by his wife Gisele, was discharged from Lancaster General Hospital following the implant of a pacemaker that will keep his AFib condition under control – which is whaqt caused the stroke conditions.  Fetterman was forced to cancel a campaign event at Millersville University May13th when he said the onset of his stroke symptoms caused him to go to the hospital.

PROGRAM ENCOURAGES RURAL LIVING

Two communities in Central Pennsylvania will provide free housing for a month to a limited number of individuals if they move there. Bellefonte and Kane are a part of a pilot initiative through the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, that is trying to attract people to move to the region. In addition to the free housing, people will get digital gift cards and will be asked to volunteer locally during their stay from September 14th through October 14th. Kane is still seeking applicants for their program. Kane is located in McKean County.

CHEER COACH CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF MINOR

A Williamsport competitive cheer coach has been charged with several felonies after a victim came forward saying she was sexually assaulted between January 2016 and January 2019.  According to North Central PA dot com, police say 46 year old George William Scholl was employed by Epidemic Stunt and Tumble on Rose Street in Williamsport and lured his victim into an office to carry out the abuse.  Scholl then encouraged the girl, who was in fourth grade when the abuse began, to lie about not feeling well to other coaches. He has been charged with several felonies, including rape of a child, unlawful contact with a minor, and other charges.  He is in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 150 thousand dollars monetary bail.

MISSING JUVENILE HIDDEN BY ADULT IN APARTMENT

A Lock Haven woman concealed a juvenile who had been missing for 2 days in her apartment and under a couch and lied to police when they asked about the whereabouts of the child, has been charged with kidnapping of a minor.  According to North Central PA dot com, police say they have door camera footage of 38 year old Gwen Ardner with the juvenile in question, who she says was dating her son, around the doorway and hall of her apartment building. The footage was seen by police after Ardner and her son said they didn’t know where the missing person was.  She is incarcerated at the Clinton County Prison in lieu of 125 thousand dollars bail.

BILL TO CLEAR VOTER ROLES PASSES IN PA HOUSE

A bill passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that will allow the names of deceased voters to be removed from the roll and could allow for a non-profit organization to assist the state in improving the accuracy of voter rolls.  Previous legislation did not allow ERIC, or the Election Registration Information Center to be used.  According to  a press release, 31  states and Washington DC are already members of ERIC. House Bill 2507 will now be considered in the Senate.

MONTOURSVILLE’S SAUL BREAKS D4 TRACK RECORD IN 800

Saturday, Montoursville Senior Lily Saul won gold in the Class AA 400 and then capped off her year by setting the District record in the 800, running 2:13.20 beating the 2008 record of 2:14.30 set by Kaylen Fisher of Lewisburg.  Southern Columbia sophomore Kate Moncavage also broke the D4 record in the 800 with a time of 2:13.68.  Saul will compete in State meet next weekend in Shippensburg. 

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Class A  St John Neumann @ Cowanesque Valley
Class 6A Holidaysburg at Central Mountain @4pm

PIAA District 4 Track
Saturday, Montoursville Senior Lily Saul won gold in the Class AA 400 and then capped off her year by setting the District record in the 800, running 2:13.20 beating the 2008 record of 2:14.30 set by Kaylen Fisher of Lewisburg.  Southern Columbia sophomore Kate Moncavage also broke the D4 record in the 800 with a time of 2:13.68.  Saul will compete in State meet next weekend in Shippensburg. 

MLB

Cardinals 18 Pirates 4
Phillies 4 Dodgers 3 in 10 innings
Red Sox 8 Mariners 4 in10 innings
Orioles 7 Rays 6
Reds 3 Blue Jays 2
Marlins 4 Braves 3
Tigers 4 Guardians 2
Nationals 8 Brewers 2
Game 1 White Sox 3 Yankees 1
Game 2 White Sox 5 Yankees 0
Mets 2 Rockies 0

NBA
Warriors 109 Mavericks 100 Game 3 Golden State 3-0
NBA tonight
Heat play Celtics in Boston Miami leads 2-1 8:30 on ABC


NHL

Lightning 5 Panthers 1 Tampa Bay leads 3-0
Rangers 3 Hurricanes 1 Carolina leads 2-1
Oilers 4 Flames 1 Edmonton leads 2-1
NHL tonight
Panthers play Lightning in Tampa @ 7on TNT
Avalanche play Blues @930 on TNT in St. Louis

GOLF
In Sunday’s PGA Championship Justin Thomas closed with a 3-under 67 leading him to a successful three-hole aggregate playoff with Will Zalatoris. Thomas, now has a PGA Tour win in each of his past eight years and moves to No. 5 in the world. Since winning his first PGA Tour title during the 2015-16 season, Thomas’ 15 victories are tied withDustin Johnson for the most of any player.

NASCAR
Ryan Blaney was able to hold on to the front position when the checkered flag came out early, right before a yellow flag signaled a caution. This required 2 more laps so the All-Star race could finish finish under a green flag.  Blaney held off Denny Hamlin in the final two laps, that confused his pit crew and team, who were already celebrating his NASCAR’s All-Star race win and a $1 million purse.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 20, 2022

POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN SUNBURY

Police and investigators in Sunbury are seeking a suspect in a deadly shooting at an area convenience store.  According to WNEP, 23 year old Ajani Uhuru is the man police say shot 30 year old Hamkeem Jakes at the Penn Jersey Food Mart, before he fled in a vehicle that was later found down the street.  Police will be looking at the surveillance video today to gain more information about the shooting that happened right inside the store.  Investigators say Uhuru, who is a 6 foot 2 black male in dark clothing, may be in the Elysburg area and heading toward Pittsburgh – he is considered armed and dangerous.   Anyone with information should contact Sunbury Police at (570) 286-4584.

WASD STUDENT WHO THREATENED OTHERS, HAD OTHER CHARGES

The Cogan Station teen who was recently jailed due to threatening messages sent to two students over the Williamsport School District messaging portal, has had other charges lodged against him.  According to the Sun Gazette, 18 year old Lucaus Adam Butler had previously waived his preliminary hearing last week for an indecent assault charge that he received in early April for inappropriate contact with a minor in Lycoming Township.  He is currently committed to Lycoming County prison on 9 misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats with no bail.

BLUEBERRIES FOR LIBRARIES

The Fresh Blueberry Sale in Selinsgrove is being held now through June 26th.  According to the Daily Item, the annual sale is held by the Friends of the Rudy Gelnett Library in Selinsgrove to raise money for the library and its programs.  Those interested can pre-order and pre-pay for the seven quart boxes or 10 pounds of freshly picked blueberries for $33 before June 26th with pick up at the Selinsgrove VFW on July 6th from 10am til 3pm.  Pick up an order form at any branch of the Snyder County Library System.  Or email gatesta@ptd.net

143 DAY”, MONDAY HONORS A PENNSYLVANIA SON

Governor Wolf has announced a celebration of the 4th annual 1-4-3 Day to honor Pennsylvania’s Fred Rogers of the iconic Mister Roger’s Neighborhood this Monday, May 23rd . According to a press release, Governor Wolf said Pennsylvanians are honored to carry out kind words and deeds to our community to celebrate the life of Fred Rogers who regularly used the numbers 1-4-3 as a way of saying I-Love-Lou.  May 23rd is the 143rd day of the year.  You can go to pa.gov to find inspiration for 1-4-3 Day as well as use #143DayinPA on Social media.  The Pennsylvania Tourism Office offers guests an experience on the Fred Rogers Trail with stops in Latrobe and Pittsburgh – go to visitpa.com/fredrogers.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR ON ROUTE 6

A tractor trailer driver from Sayre who had exited his vehicle along Route 6 in Bradford County was hit by another driver earlier this month.   According to a Pennsylvania State Police report, 55 year old Joseph Lane had parked his truck along the westbound lane side of Rt 6, about 4:45 am, just east of Red Rock Road in Wysox Township, and was removing a deer from the road.  34 year old Ronnie Johnson of Towanda was traveling on the eastbound side of route 6 and struck the driver of the truck along the side of the road.  Police say the Bradford County Coroner reported Lane deceased at the scene and that he died upon impact.

HEARING FOR FORMER NORRY PRISON DEPUTY WARDEN SET

The former Northumberland County prison deputy warden who allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head earlier this month, has a preliminary hearing on June 21st.  According to the Daily Item, 62 year old David McCoy of Catawissa is facing misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and endangering another person after he was agitated at his home around 8pm May 2nd over police being called to his property.   He was incarcerated at Columbia County Prison, but posted 100 thousand dollars cash bail through a local professional bondsman.  McCoy was fired May 4th from the deputy warden position at Northumberland after working there only a month. 

NATURAL GAS RATES TO RISE

Natural gas rate hikes are next on the utility agenda with UGI customers getting the message that as of June 1st natural gas costs will go  up over 7%, with a second rate hike on the way in December.  According to North Central Pa dot com, administrators from UGI say wholesale costs of all energies are going up, even though Marcellus Shale locally helps stabilize the price increases compared to nationwide hikes. Utility companies do not profit from the natural gas commodity portion of a customer’s bill and are required to pass costs of energy they purchase directly to the customer with no markup by law.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE UPTOWN MUSIC COLLECTIVE

Williamsport’s non-profit school of music, the Uptown Music Collective is now accepting applications for 13 needs and merit based scholarships, for any current or new student wishing to join the school next fall.  There is a group of several organizations, who provide funding for the scholarships including the First Community Partnership via the Lew Gilberti Fund, Hudock Capital Group, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships and others. The deadline to apply for to 2022-23 school year scholarships is June 6th and they will be awarded in July.  Details at uptown music dot org.

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball
Central Mountain clinched their conference yesterday over Milton 11-2
Sullivan county 11               St John Neumann 1
Jersey Shore 16                     Shamokin 6
North Penn Liberty 3            Cowanesque Valley 2
Bloomsburg 11                      Southern Columbia 1

NBA  
Celtics 127 Heat 102   tied 1-1
NBA tonight
Dallas is at Golden State @9 PM on TNT
Miami and Boston meet up again Saturday night @8:30 on ABC.


NHL
Lightning 2                   Panthers 1 Tampa Bay leads 2-0 in the East 2nd Round
Blues 4                          Avalanche 1 tied 1-1
NHL tonight
Rangers and Hurricanes in Raleigh @8 PM on ESPN
Oilers & Flames in Calgary at 10:30 PM on ESPN
 

MLB

Orioles 9             Yankees 6
Padres 2              Phillies 0
Mets 7                 Cardinals 6 in10 innings
Reds 4                 Guardians 2  make up from Wednesday
Red Sox 12         Mariners 6
White Sox 7       Royals 4
Diamondbacks 3 Cubs 1
Astros 5               Rangers 1

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 19, 2022

US SENATE RACE STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL

It’s one day after the election, and the battle between David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the Republican nod for the open seat in the US Senate is unresolved and too close to call.  According to the Sun Gazette, late last night, there were only just over 17 hundred votes keeping Oz ahead of McCormick, but there are still 22 thousand mail-in votes to count and thousands of ballots still coming in, to add to the 1.3 million votes already counted.  The closeness in the race will automatically set up a recount since the candidate’s margin of separation is smaller than five tenths of a percentage point. Counties in the Commonwealth legally have until next Tuesday to certify their election results.

MILTON STUDENT HAS GUN IN SCHOOL

A student in the Milton Area School District brought a handgun and ammunition to school Monday and police are investigating the incident.  According to WNEP, police say a juvenile had a Glock and 16 rounds with him on school property.  Milton Borough Police responded quickly to the school when school officials discovered a student had a gun and they have now opened a criminal investigation.  No one was injured. 

WASD SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO CLOSE STEVENS PRIMARY

After due diligence by the Williamsport Area School District to assess the pros and cons of upgrading or closing one of the oldest buildings in the district, Stevens Primary School, the vote this week was unanimous to close the school building as of June 30th.   According to the Sun Gazette, the building began as a junior high school in 1927 and currently has four grade levels with almost 300 students and staff there.   Superintendent Timothy S Bowers said no furloughs will happen due to the closure and much work has been done to carefully reassign students and teachers for next school year.   He said families will have an opportunity to visit their new primary buildings in the district.

BUCKNELL TO HOLD DOUBLE COMMENCEMENT

Potentially, over one thousand students and their families could be in Lewisburg this weekend for a double commencement at Bucknell University on Saturday for the Class of 2020 and Sunday for the class of 2022.  According to media outlets, Saturday’s ceremony is a make-good for the students who were forced to delay their walk across the stage for their diploma due to the pandemic. The 2020 graduation was held technically online.   Both events will be held in a traditional manner at the Malesardi Quadrangle starting at 10am and will feature remarks by Bucknell President John Bravman.

STUDENT JAILED FOR THREATENING MESSAGES

A Williamsport High School student who allegedly sent threatening messages to other students earlier this week for removing him from an online chat has been sent to Lycoming County Prison without bail.  According to the Sun Gazette, police allege that Lucas Adam Butler of Cogan Station sent texts that were lewd and life threatening through the Williamsport School messaging platform and denied the allegations when questioned by police.  District Judge Denise Dieter said she chose to incarcerate Butler due to the seriousness of the charges and for threatening others’ lives.

FIRE INVESTIGATION REVEALS FIREARMS, DRUGS

After Pennsylvania State police investigated a fire that happened at the home of a Danville man in April, and he now faces controlled substance and felony firearms charges.  According to North Central PA dot com, 43 year old George Fox told police the drug paraphernalia and guns they found during the investigation on Leiser Road  in White Deer Township were his.  Police say Fox had been convicted of crimes in the past that determine that he should not have a weapon. He is free on bail and will have a preliminary hearing May 23rd.

SUNBURY PLAYGROUND SET TO OPEN

The City of Sunbury has made an announcement that the Oppenheimer Playground will be open and operating as normally as possible for the Summer of 2022.  The COVID-19 pandemic shut the program down in 2020 and then hindered their ability to hire enough help in 2021.  The popular playground will feature certified staff members as counselors and reading teachers along with foster grandparents helping for the season.  OPG is slated to open June 1st and will be open Monday through Friday 11-6, Saturday noon til 5 and closed on Sundays.  Go to the Oppenheimer Playground Facebook page for updated details.

PSU ALUMNI CHAPTER HOLDING RECRUITING EVENT

A recruiting event for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Penn State Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will be held in Lewisburg today.  According to the Daily Item, Chapter President Curt Rothermel said they are looking to boost enrollment, looking for new vibrant members to join the current ones.  A Happy hour will take place this afternoon from 5:30 to 7:30 at Jackass Brewing Company in Lewisburg and you do not have to be an alumnus of PSU to be a member of the chapter. 

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Selinsgrove 3                         Central mountain 1
Mount Carmel 15                  Milton 8
Williamson 23                       Bucktail 0
Cowanesque Valley 11         North Penn Mansfield 7
South Williamsport 13         Loyalsock 1
St John Neumann 17            Sugarvalley Rural Charter 2
Southern Columbia 6           Line Mountain 0
Troy 5                                    Towanda 4
Port Allegany 16                   Galeton 2
Lewisburg 6                           Montoursville 5
Danville 10                            Jersey Shore 1
Central Mountain 8               Selinsgrove 2
Midwest 9                              Hughesville 3

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball

Lewisburg 4                           Montoursville 0
Muncy 15                              Benton 0
Sullivan County 15              CMVT 5
Midwest 4                              Selinsgrove 2
Central Columbia 11            South Williamsport 1
Montgomery 15                     Athens 0
Towanda 3                             Sayre 1
Millville 8                              Southern Columbia 7
Shamokin 13                         Mifflinburg 8
Northwest 7                           Forest City 5
Williamsport 6                      Loyalsock 1
Bucktail 11                            Williamson 0

NBA

Warriors 112                Mavericks 87 in theW finals game one
NBA Tonight
@8:30 Celtics play Heat in Miami on ESPN  


NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs 2nd Round
Hurricanes 2                 Rangers 1 in OT  Game 1
Flames 9                        Oilers 6 Game 1
NHL Tonight
Lightning play the Panthers in Sunrise, FL at 7 PM on TNT
Blues and Avalanche are in Denver at 9:30 PM on TNT
 

MLB

Brewers 7            Braves 6 in 11 innings
Red Sox 5           Astros 1
Nationals 5         Marlins 4
Phillies 3             Padres 0
Yankees 3           Orioles 2
Mets 11               Cardinals 4
Pirates 3              Cubs 2
Reds and Guardians were postponed due to rain

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 18, 2022

PA REPUBLICAN SENATE BATTLE TOO CLOSE TO CALL

With most votes counted across the Commonwealth, chosen results for the November ballot are all but locked in for the Democrats.  Lt Gov. John Fetterman, who is recovering from a stroke last week, captured at least 59 percent of the vote, and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro ran unopposed on the Democrat side.  In the Republican race for the Governor’s mansion in Harrisburg, Doug Mastriano is the projected winner with 44.4 percent of the polls in his favor, a clear lead over Lou Barletta.  The Senate race for the Republicans is being said its too close to call between Mehmet Oz and David McCormick however, McCormick was the winner in Lycoming County’s unofficial election results.

FLICK IS REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR REP OF 83RD DISTRICT

In other unofficial results, Jamie Flick is projected to win the Republican nomination for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 83rd District. According to North Central PA dot com, despite having no major endorsements from the Republican Party, Flick won the nomination with just over 51% of the vote.   Rep. Jeff Wheeland announced in February that he would retire at the end of his term.

MAN ATTACKED WHILE WAITING FOR PIZZA

Police say a Berwick man, waiting outside his home for the pizza delivery person, was randomly attacked by a neighbor.  According to North Central PA dot com, Edward Howe was waiting at the apartment on Spring Garden Avenue around 2pm on May 7th when Christopher Broyan came from a lower level apartment and began stabbing Howe in the face head and shoulders for no apparent reason.  A friend of Howe’s heard the commotion from his apartment and went to his aid, shoving Broyan away from his victim.  Howe was taken to Geisinger in Danville.  Broyan was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.  He remains incarcerated at Columbia County prison and has a preliminary hearing May 23rd

BILLTOWN BLUES FESTIVAL COMING IN JUNE

Tickets for the 32nd annual Billtown Blues Music Festival are on sale now for the event coming up next month at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. The Billtown blues Association hosts the 2022 festival June 10th through12th with available camping, lodging, plus craft and food vendors. Tickets are available at Billtownblues.org, the Community Art Center box office, the Lockard Agency in Hughesville, and other ticket outlets.  The Billtown Blues Association is supported by grants from the Pennsylvania Council in the Arts, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and the City of Williamsport.

PA GENERAL ELECTION SENATE, LT GOV RACE PROJECTIONS

As the 2022 Primary General Election tallies are completed across the Commonwealth, Mehmet Oz  and hedge-fund manager David McCormick are neck and neck for the US Senate seat vacated earlier this year by Senator Pat Toomey.  But in Lycoming County, McCormick garnered 6876 votes to Oz’s 5911.  According to information from Lycoming County Voter Service the total ballots cast in the county came to 25588 out of 61, 606 Registered Voters.  That’s an overall turnout of 41.53% with all 81 precincts reporting.  On the Republican side of the Lt Governor ticket, Carrie Lewis DelRosso captured 24.7 percent of the vote in Lycoming County to comfortably win over Rick Saccone who had 15 percent.  DelRosso is the projected Republican Lt Gov. candidate in Pennsylvania.

WOMAN STEALS CAR FROM PERSON OFFERING HER A RIDE

A Williamsport woman has been arrested after stealing the car from the person who offered her a ride on River Avenue in Loyalsock Township.  According to the Sun Gazette, 46 year old Kendra Darby was the passenger in a 2005 Nissan Sentra when the driver exited the car to go into a bank.  Police say Darby fled with the car and later told police she left because she had to get home.  Police records say the stolen car was parked in a business lot at 6th and High Streets. She has been charged with felony theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle and has been incarcerated in lieu of 15 thousand dollars bail.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOVING PAVING WORKER

A Shamokin Dam man has been charged after he harassed a pavement company worker in Union County.  According to police reports, 42 year old Robert Ashford was heading through a construction zone in the area of Hospital Drive near Route 15 in Kelly Township last Friday.  State police say there was a verbal argument between Ashford and the victim about the traffic pattern and Ashford exited his car and pushed the worker.  Police say the man has been cited for harassment of another person. 

ENERGY COURSE CORRECTION WITH KELLER LEGISLATION

With inflation causing fuel prices to tick up dramatically, US Representative Fred Keller of Kreamer has introduced legislation that calls for the Biden administration and other lawmakers to invest in American energies like domestic oil and natural gas via drilling.  Keller received support for his House Resolution from American energy industry leaders who say an energy course correction is needed to help people who are facing economic challenges thanks to high energy costs. 

SPORTS


PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Punxsutawney 9                      Williamsport 8
Mifflinburg 10                        Lewisburg 1
Mount Carmel 12                   Nativity BVM 2
Cowanesque Valley 11           Towanda 1
South Williamsport 9              North Penn Mansfield 2
Hughesville 12                         Warrior Run 2
Jersey Shore 11                       St John Neumann 1
Loyalsock 12                           Southern Columbia 11
Wellsboro 9                             Coudersport 4
Sayre 12                                  Troy 1
SugarValleyRuralCharter 9     Northwest 2
Midd-west 17                          Greenwood 0
Muncy 17                                Bucktail 2

PIAA District 4    Varsity Softball

Central Columbia 5                 Montgomery 3
Williamsport 9                        Shikellamy 6
Troy 21                                   Sayre 0
Canton 13                               Millville 4
Bloomsburg 13                        Northwest 1
Jersey Shore 12                       Milton 2
Mifflinburg 6                           Danville 5
Bucktail 7                                Warrior run 4
Shamokin 16                           Sugarvalley Rural  Charter 0
Southern Columbia 6              Hughesville 3

NBA
Heat 118 Celtics 107 in the East Finals Game 1
NBA tonight
Mavericks and Warriors meet at 9 PM on TNT for the West Finals Series






MLB

Game 1 Mets 3             Cardinals 1
Game 2 Cardinals 4     Mets 3
Reds 5                 Guardians 4 in 10 innings
Marlins 5            Nationals 1
Padres 3              Phillies 0
Yankees 5           Orioles 4
Cubs 7                 Pirates 0
Braves 3              Brewers 0

NHL

Lightning 4         Panthers 1  East 2nd Round
Avalanche 3        Blues 2 Colorado leads in the West
NHL Tonight
East 2nd Round – Rangers and Hurricanes in Raleigh, NC @7 PM on ESPN
Oilers & Flames in Calgary @ 9:30 on ESPN in the West 2nd Round

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 17, 2022

MANY WATCHING THE PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY TODAY

It’s Election Day today.  Republicans and Democrats will be at the polls today for the 2022 General Primary deciding some very hot races in the commonwealth that many are watching around the country.  Since incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Lehigh County will not seek re-election, that open seat could be the one that could tip control in the Senate from a current 50-50 line up in Washington, DC.  In the Governor’s race, Unopposed Democrat Josh Shapiro is set to be on the ticket and the Republican field is shuffling to back a more viable candidate than far-right candidate Doug Mastriano who might not appeal to moderate voters in Philadephia and Pittsburgh.  Polls in Lycoming County are open until 8pm tonight.  Go online to lyco.org to confirm your polling place.

MAN ATTACKS EX-GIRLFRIEND, STEALS PHONE

A Williamsport man has been charged with robbery after he attacked an ex-girlfriend inside a Northway Road Convenience store and stole her phone in late April.  According to the Sun Gazette, surveillance video shows Nicole Noel Peterson inside the Quick-Mart when 31 year old Mikahil Gregory Jones entered, struck Peterson in the face, grabbed her Samsung Galaxy S8 phone and fled from the area.  Jones was arrested by Williamsport City Police and is being charged with strangulation, assault, robbery and harassment.  He has a preliminary hearing for these charges on May 23rd

MILL HALL WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN PARKING LOT

A Mill Hall woman has been charged by police after an incident that took place in the parking lot of the Lowes on Hogan Boulevard last Saturday.  According to North Central PA dot com, 32 year old Elizabeth Ann Fausey punched 37 year old Sara Shade also of Mill Hall, in the face, and dragged her from the car by her hair.  Troopers were called by witnesses around 6pm and they will be charging Fausey with assault.  The victim suffered minor injuries and was able to speak with officers at the scene.

A $2000 CHECK COULD COME TO SOME PENNSYLVANIANS

Pennsylvania households that earn 80 thousand dollars or less per year, could get up to two thousand dollars through the PA Opportunity Program according to a press release by Governor Wolf on Friday.  The Governor made the statement in Harrisburg calling on Republican General Assembly to act to support the American Rescue Plan which is the legislation that makes the checks for millions of Pennsylvanians possible.   Democrats in the Senate and House have introduced legislation that supports the Opportunity Program, but Republicans are slower committing the federal funding or introduce a plan for the dollars.

FETTERMAN WILL SIT OUT ELECTION NIGHT, RECOVERS FROM STROKE

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for US Senate who leads in the polls and his ability to fund raise, will remain in the hospital through this evening as he continues to recover from a stroke that was discovered while he was campaigning in Lancaster PA late last week.  Fetterman released a statement yesterday explaining his health concerns and that he’s is on the road to a full recovery.  According to Media outlets, on the Republican side in the US Senate race, attack ads and strategies are part of the last minute scramble to gain Republican control of the  US Senate after  incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Lehigh County decided earlier this year to not seek re-election.  Polls are open in Lycoming County until 8pm tonight.

FATAL CRASH IN CENTRE COUNTY

A 22 year old man from state college was killed in an early morning crash in Centre County Saturday.  According to the Record Online, Jordan A. Henry was involved in a one car accident along northbound I-99 in Patton Township when he failed to negotiate his 2003 Honda Accord around a left hand curve in the road.  Once Henry went off the roadway, he hit an embankment and overturned several times coming to rest on the roof of the car.  The Centre County Coroner pronounced Jordan dead at the scene.  The right lane of I-99 North was closed between mile markers 71-73 for about five hours. 

OWNERS OF NUISANCE PROPERTIES COULD BE FINED

Williamsport Codes officials met recently and are calling out owners to tend to city properties that are considered a nuisance – or properties that have high uncut grass and weed overgrowth as well as those who place trash outside the homes without a proper container.  According to the Sun Gazette, the city codes administrator, Joseph Gerardi said that there are four codes enforcement officers who will be visiting properties one time with a warning and then there could be a 200 dollar fine imposed at minimum for each property maintenance code offense.  Rental property owners are also reminded that a codes officer will give a ten day notice for them to schedule an inspection with the city.  Those properties with code violations that don’t get inspected within the time allotted could be shut down and renters displaced.

NEW HIRE IN THE OFFICE AT LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

There is a new marketing and communications person starting this week at Little League International Headquarters in Williamsport.  According to a press release, Lance Lovett joins LLI after his last position as Inside Sales Account Executive for the Detroit Lions where he helped with ticket sales, outreach, tracking, and special fan engagement events.  Lovett has a Bachelor in Science in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan and an Associate’s degree from Macomb Community College where he played baseball. 

SPORTS

MLB

Marlins 8 Nationals 2
Yankees 6 Orioles 2
Red Sox 6 Astros 3
Brewers 1 Braves 0
Cubs 9 Pirates 0
White Sox 5 Royals 3
Cardinals and Mets were postponed due to Rain

NBA tonight
Boston goes to Miami at 8:30 on ESPN for the East Finals Game 1
Tomorrow Dallas is it Golden State at 9 PM on TNT for the West Finals Game 1

NHL tonight
Tampa Bay Rays play the Florida Panthers 7 PM on TNT  in the East 2nd Round
St. Louis is in Colorado at 9:30 on TNT in the West 2nd Round

GOLF
The PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa starts this week – on Thursday the 19th.  The second major of the year is in Oklahoma for the first time since 2007 when Tiger Woods won his 13th major title.

BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 16, 2022

MAN CAUGHT WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FACES FELONY CHARGES

A Lewisburg man will face 28 felony charges after police obtained a search warrant and found videos of child pornography on his phone in early May.  According to North Central PA dot com, two phone apps, KIK and Snapchat, detected downloads on their service that allegedly included sexual content involving children and sent the information to police.  The IP address matched up with devices owned by 25 year old Scott Feaster and Pennsylvania State Police made the arrest May 3rd.  Feaster is in the Union County Prison in lieu of bail.

MASTRIANO GETS TRUMP ENDORSEMENT SATURDAY

Doug Mastriano, a far-right Pennsylvania Candidate for Governor, received an endorsement from Former President Donald Trump Saturday.  Lou Barletta who campaigned in Williamsport that day, threw a few punches toward Mastriano in reaction to the sting of rejection from Trump.  Some Republicans think that Mastriano, a retired Army Colonel, is too extreme to win moderate voters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in November against unopposed Democrat Josh Shapiro.  Trump’s 2018 choice for US Senate, Lou Barletta has said there are few policy differences between him and Mastriano.

RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW LYCO COURT OFFICES

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the new location for Lycoming County Magisterial Court at 2107 Lycoming Creek Road.  Community members who need to come to the offices of District Judge William Solomon, President Judge Nancy Butts and the Lycoming County Commissioners will find better access to the court and better security in the new location.  The public is invited to the ribbon cutting that will take place at 10am today.

OLDEST BUILDING IN NORRY BOROUGH UP FOR AUCTION

There will be an auction of the former Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, the oldest building in Northumberland Borough at 309 Water Street on June 2nd.  The owner of the property who was also the funeral director, Jerre Wirt Blank passed away November 22nd  at the age of 82.  According to the Daily Item, Auctioneer Jeffery Dunkelberger of Paxinos has the auction scheduled onsite and online.  The home built in three parts has four stories and 44 rooms and was known as the Elliot Davis House.  The contents will be involved in an online auction until May 19th at 5pm. Go to Hibid.com for information about the online auction.

HIT AND RUN SUSPECT ARRESTED

Witnesses say a Williamsport woman involved in a hit and run stopped, exited her vehicle to look at the victim before she drove away. According to the Sun Gazette, 29 year old Marlena Nicole Kania allegedly hit a motorcycle with her car at the 200 block of Hepburn Street on April 12th.  Police found Kania at her home after the incident and she has now been arrested on aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or injury charges.  Police say they arrived on the scene to see the victim, who may have sustained substantial injuries, being attended to by EMS personnel.

FETTERMAN SUFFERS STROKE

Pennsylvania’s leading Democrat in the Senate race, Lt Gov. John Fetterman cancelled weekend campaign appearances and later released a statement that he suffered a stroke that his doctors caught early before any cognitive damage could happen.  According to his campaign the stroke was caused by a clot that formed after his heart beat with an irregular rhythm for too long.  Doctors at Lancaster General Hospital were able to remove the clot and reverse the stroke.  Fetterman says he will stay in the hospital for observation but he was unsure for how long.  The Pennsylvania Primary is tomorrow.

HART BOWS OUT OF GUBERNATORIAL RACE

Allegheny County Lawyer and candidate for the Republican gubernatorial race Melissa Hart has bowed out and endorsed Lou Barletta in an attempt to rally around a more electable candidate than far-right leaning, Doug Mastriano who is emerging as the front runner in the Pennsylvania primary this week and received an endorsement from former President Trump Saturday.  According to Penn Live, two other GOP candidates, Dave White and Bill McSwain have not said they are willing to leave the race.  Jake Corman left the 9 candidate group last week.

PORTION OF CSVT OPENING UP FOR SUMMER

PennDOT says that sections of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project are opening soon and a July ribbon cutting is planned.  According to a press release, the Northern Section of the CSVT and Winfield bridge are opening soon.  Lane restrictions are planned for the summer as the project winds down.  The southern section is on deck next.  According to officials from PennDOT, a new contract was signed last week that sets up ground breaking earthmoving work so that the entire highway can hit the deadline of completion by 2027. 

SPORTS

NHL
Rangers 4            Penguins 3 in OT – New York wins series
Flames 3              Stars 2 – Calgary wins the series in the West
No NHL tonight

NBA
Celtics 109          Bucks 81 Boston wins the East semi-finals
Mavericks 123   Suns 90 Dallas wins the West semifinals

MLB
Despite no hits, it was Pirates 1 Reds 0 – Only the sixth time in big league history since 1901 that a team won despite not getting any hits.
Astros 8               Nationals 0
Tigers 5               Orioles 1
Mariners 8          Mets 7
Twins 3               Guardians 1
Yankees 5           White Sox 1
Dodgers 5           Phillies 4

NASCAR
Kurt Bush got the checkered flag at the Advent Health 400 @ Kansas Speedway yesterday followed by (2)Kyle Larson (Chevy) (3) Kyle Bush (Toyota) (4)Denny Hamlin (Toyota) and (5)Christopher Bell (Toyota)  

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